EUROPE: A Little More Real?

When Aristide Briand proposed a "United States of Europe" to the League of Nations Assembly in September, 1929, he knew and his audience knew that no such plan would be adopted. The intense nationalism that blocked European federation went right on growing until, just ten years later, World War II began.

Last week Winston Churchill amid a five-day fete of welcome at The Hague made a proposal similar to Briand's. Said Churchill: "We hope that the Western democracies of Europe will draw together in ever closer amity and ever closer association. . . . This ... if found...

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